May 21, 2004

Jumbo Jets for Jumbo Fires

What has four engines and 24,000 gallons of tank space for fighting fires? An Evergreen International Aviation specially-outfitted 747 firefighting machine, of course. That's two hundred thousand pounds of water. Question is, can a 747 maneuver like one of the smaller tankers, and not break up in flight from the sheer stress of G forces?

Here's a San Diego Union-Tribune story on the plane.

Here are some videos Evergreen's offering showing the plane in action (Windows Media Player required). Posted by brian at May 21, 2004 04:39 PM

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